Helping your autistic child to sleep

I just received a copy of Helping Your Autistic Child by Ann Ozsivadjian. It includes chapters by various authors who specialise in working with children with neurodivergent conditions, including my chapter on sleep.

My chapter includes sections on:

  • Why autism can increase the chance of sleep difficulties
  • Strategies to optimise sleep
  • Managing night-wakings
  • Confusional arousals – sleep terrors & sleepwalking
  • Delays in getting to sleep
  • Managing early wakings
  • Worries and fears at bedtime
  • Insomnia

The other chapters cover topics including:

  • Understanding autism
  • Helping with anxiety
  • Helping with communication
  • Managing feeding difficulties
  • Managing sensory sensitivities
  • Managing distress
  • Seeking professional help
  • Cultivating a positive identity

The book will be available from October 26th 2023 in all good bookshops!

By charlie

I have worked therapeutically with people for over a decade across a wide range of settings, helping individuals, couples, families and groups across the full age range address their concerns with anxiety and mood, sleep, chronic health conditions and other issues.If you are considering therapy, please get in touch via the Contact Me page and we have an initial 20 minute consultation for free by phone or video call to discuss your concerns, and see if you would like to proceed with me.Psychological support offers the opportunity to introduce another mind to help with processing experiences or information that might be too emotionally charged to work through alone.